Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting.

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting.

A Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting was held on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

** Here is a summary and the voting results that occurred during the meeting: **

**** Executive Session: (Needles City Council and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency): ****

** (Video Coming Soon) **

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Agenda Item A: (Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Action): Conference with real property negotiator pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8; Property: (Approximately 27.61 acre property located East of 1-40 and Southeast of State Road 96 (East Broadway Street) APN 0186-222-07. Agency Negotiator, City Manager Rick Daniels or his designee, Negotiating Parties Successor Agency to the Needles Redevelopment Agency as Seller and lceplant Management LLC and Kevin Bacon as buyers. Under Negotiation price, terms, terms of payment and proposed assignment.

– Agenda Item B: (Needles City Council Action): Conference with real property negotiator pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8, Property: a 2 acre portion of a 63+/- acre city owned surplus parcel located between San Clemente and Lilyhill, APN 0185-233-45. Agency negotiator: City Manager Rick Daniels or his designee. Negotiating parties: City of Needles and Armen Matevosian as buyer. Under Negotiation: Price and terms of payment.

 

**** Needles City Attorney Report on Executive Session: (Needles City Council and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency): ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Agenda Item A: (Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Action): Needles City Attorney reports that there was no reportable action taken. 

– Agenda Item B: (Needles City Council Action): Needles City Attorney reports that there was no reportable action taken. 

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

 

**** Presentation: ****

– Agenda Item #1:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Presentation by Mike Burger, CPA, of the final City audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%202/cc_072517-1-audit.pdf

Mike Burger presented to members of the Needles City Council the final City audit report. 

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

– Agenda Item #2:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amending the “Table of Permissible Uses” to permit rooftop solar projects in the Commercial and Industrial Zones with an Administrative Review.

Ordinance No. 595-AC amending the Needles Municipal Code Section 96.01 “Table of Permissible Uses” to permit rooftop solar projects in the Commercial and Industrial Zones with an Administrative Review (1 reading-post).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%202/cc_072517-2-rooftopsolar.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Ordinance No. 595-AC amending the Needles Municipal Code Section 96.01 “Table of Permissible Uses” to permit rooftop solar projects in the Commercial and Industrial Zones with an Administrative Review (1 reading-post).

 

**** Recess The Needles City Council Meeting And Convene A Joint Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: ****

**** Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council Public Hearings: ****

– Agenda Item #3:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against establishing a policy relating to termination and/or restoration of electric, water and wastewater services.

Needles Public Utility Authority Action: Resolution No. 07-25-2017-NPUA amending the policy relating to termination and/or restoration of electric, water and wastewater services Stop Loss / Maximum Delinquency / Collection Policy.

Needles City Council Action: Ordinance No. 596-AC amending Chapter 6C Electric, Chapter 17 Wastewater and Chapter 22 Water of the Needles Municipal Code relating to termination and/or restoration of services Stop Loss / Maximum Delinquency / Collection Policy (1 reading-post).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%202/cc_072517-3-stoploss.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 07-25-2017-NPUA amending the policy relating to termination and/or restoration of electric, water and wastewater services Stop Loss / Maximum Delinquency / Collection Policy.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Ordinance No. 596-AC amending Chapter 6C Electric, Chapter 17 Wastewater and Chapter 22 Water of the Needles Municipal Code relating to termination and/or restoration of services Stop Loss / Maximum Delinquency / Collection Policy (1 reading-post).

 

– Agenda Item #4:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Approve the minutes of the adjourned regular meeting held Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

**** (No Agenda Packet Provided) ****

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve the minutes of the adjourned regular meeting held Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

 

– Agenda Item #5:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council Action: Authorize and direct finance staff to make the monthly transfers from N.P.U.A. to City accounts to reimburse for the fiscal year 2017-2018 payments for debt service, Contract services, purchase payments and reimbursement of non-utility sanitation revenues deposited with the Authority according to the approved budget.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%202/cc_072517-5-depository.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority voted 4-1 to authorize and direct finance staff to make the monthly transfers from N.P.U.A. to City accounts to reimburse for the fiscal year 2017-2018 payments for debt service, Contract services, purchase payments and reimbursement of non-utility sanitation revenues deposited with the Authority according to the approved budget. Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. voted “No” on this agenda item for Needles Public Utility Authority Action.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize and direct finance staff to make the monthly transfers from N.P.U.A. to City accounts to reimburse for the fiscal year 2017-2018 payments for debt service, Contract services, purchase payments and reimbursement of non-utility sanitation revenues deposited with the Authority according to the approved budget.

 

– Agenda Item #6:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles Public Utility Authority Action: Amended Resolution No. 6-27-2017-NPUA establishing a large utility user deposits and collections policy for new customers.

Needles City Council Action: Ordinance No. 593-AC approving and adding a large utility user deposits and collections policy for new customers to Chapter 6C Electric, Chapter 22 Water and Chapter 17 Wastewater of the Needles Municipal Code (2nd reading – adopt).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%202/cc_072517-6-largeutilityuser.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority voted 4-1 to amended Resolution No. 6-27-2017-NPUA establishing a large utility user deposits and collections policy for new customers. Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No” on this agenda item. The vote by members of the Needles Public Utility Authority passed as an Needles Public Utility Authority Action.

Members of the Needles City Council voted 3-1 to Ordinance No. 593-AC approving and adding a large utility user deposits and collections policy for new customers to Chapter 6C Electric, Chapter 22 Water and Chapter 17 Wastewater of the Needles Municipal Code (2nd reading – adopt). The vote by members of the Needles City Council failed as a Needles City Council Action. Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No” on this agenda item. The agenda item will come back to members of the Needles City Council for discussion and vote at the next Needles City Council Meeting.

 

**** Adjourn Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council and Reconvene Needles City Council: ****

**** Needles City Council Consent Calendar: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are Considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Mayor or any member of the Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles City Council on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #6 through #10 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #7:

Approve the warrants register through July 25, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%202/cc_072517-7-warrants.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #8:

Approve the minutes of the adjourned regular meeting held on May 30, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

**** (No Agenda Packet Provided) ****

 

– Agenda Item #9:

Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 594-AC amending Sections of Chapter 12A of the Needles Municipal Code related to manufacturing using volatile solvents and disposal of marijuana waste and amending Section 96.01 of the Needles Zoning Code related to manufacturing using volatile solvents (2nd reading – adopt).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%202/cc_072517-9-marijuana.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #10:

Authorize the city manager to execute an agreement for Bench Craft Company to provide benches at the Rivers Edge Golf Course.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%202/cc_072517-10-golfcourse.pdf

 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #7 through #9 and pull Agenda Item #10 for discussion on the Consent Calendar.

** Video (Agenda Item #10) from ZachNews on YouTube: **

After discussion on the agenda item and hearing from the public on this agenda item, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #10; authorizing city manager to execute an agreement with Bench Craft Company to provide benches at River’s Edge Golf Course, on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

– Agenda Item #11:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Receive and File Assembly of God Church Asbestos Report Follow-up.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%202/cc_072517-11-church.pdf

During discussion on this agenda item, the public got to speak on the matter, regarding asbestos contamination at 539 West Broadway near C Street, the old Ford dealership, in Downtown Needles, California.

A father addressed members of the Needles City Council of his concerns over the airborne asbestos contamination that test results found was inside Needles Assembly of God Church leading to the closure of the church and school.

According to Pastor Thomas Lamb of Needles Assembly of God Church, testing that was conducted inside their church by an asbestos and environmental consulting firm revealed contamination from airborne chrysotile asbestos at 358,000 structures per square centimeter.

Needles Assembly of God Church is just across the street from the old Ford dealership where clean up company were cleaning out old Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) pipes that were removed from 2 construction sites in the Mojave Desert.

The father pointed to his daughter in the crowd for members of the Needles City Council to see that she was expose to the airborne asbestos contamination and wanted members of the Needles City Council to know that they want something to be done against the people who allow this to happen.

A post master for the Untied States Postal Service office, located just around the concern from the old Ford dealership, also raise their concerns of asbestos contamination and worry about their property as well as others in the surrounding area.

Pastor Thomas Lamb wants the City of Needles to hold the purported generators of the contamination responsible for the asbestos contamination.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels had forwarded Pastor Thomas Lamb’s letter – that was presented to members of the Needles City Council at the last Needles City Council Meeting – to the permitting agencies with jurisdiction, including to the Mohave Desert Air Quality Management District, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Department of Toxics and Substance Control, the United States Department of Transportation, and the California Highway Patrol.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels received a response from the Mohave Air Quality District regarding the matter which read, “Good Morning Rick – I know that my Deputy Director over Compliance, Bret Banks, has been working diligently on this issue with the complainants and keeping others involved. I believe We also have Copies of this report on samples taken by the complainant’s contractor, and we also have additional information taken by our Staff. Latest update on our end, we have provided our oversite agency, California Air Resources Board (CARB), our gathered information and background on the issue and have asked that they provide us guidance and recommendation(s), if any, that the AM should take based on the information that we have gathered. We are in the process of trying to set up further communication with CARB, but as of this moment that has not been set in stone yet. Bret and I will keep you up to date our progress. We appreciate the Cooperative and collaborative effort that you and the City of Needles are providing to try and address the issue appropriately. Sincerely, Brad Poiriez Executive Director Mojave Desert AQMD“.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels and the City of Needles continue to work with Needles Assembly of God Church regarding this matter and will continue providing updates.

 

– Agenda Item #12:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Authorize the City Manager to sign a contract”IGA” Intergovernmental Agreement between “ADOT” Arizona Department of Transportation and City of Needles to perform the design work, bidding and construction project for the Colorado River Bridge deck rehabilitation.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%202/cc_072517-12-bridge.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize city manager to sign intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation to perform design work, bidding and construction for Colorado River Bridge deck rehabilitation.

 

– Agenda Item #13:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Approve the revised budget and salary range for the Building Official, and replace the City Planner and City Engineer with a new Development Director position and reclassify the Electric Manager as the Electric Department Director. In compliance with AB1436 the following change is incorporated into the salary schedule for 2017-2018; addition of 1 FTE Development Director with a salary range of $88,444-$110,344.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%202/cc_072517-13-personell.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve the revised budget and salary range for the Building Official, and replace the City Planner and City Engineer with a new Development Director position and reclassify the Electric Manager as the Electric Department Director. In compliance with AB1436 the following change is incorporated into the salary schedule for 2017-2018; addition of 1 FTE Development Director with a salary range of $88,444-$110,344.

 

**** Needles City Attorney’s Report: ****

Needles City Attorney had nothing to say for Attorney’s Report.

 

 

**** Needles City Manager’s Report: ****

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels had nothing to say for Manager’s Report.

 

 

**** Needles City Council Requests: ****

** Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson and Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood had an excused absence. **

** (Videos Coming Soon) **

 

**** You can view the full Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting agenda packet at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%202/cc_072517-agenda%20ALL%20TOGETHER.pdf

**** You can view other City of Needles meetings agendas at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Boards/

For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings, please contact Dale Jones in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.

 

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